Rhino Mercy Fundamentals
Thank you for visiting Rhino Mercy to learn about what we are doing to save this iconic mega herbivore from becoming extinct. Sadly in 2017, 1028 rhino's were brutally slaughtered in South Africa by ruthless killers (TRAFFIC, January 2018). This compares to 1,054 in 2016; 1,175 in 2015; 1,215 in 2014; 1,004 killed in 2013; 668 in 2012; and 448 killed in 2011! The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has stopped regularly publishing rhino poaching statistics, but we can report that rhinos are being poached at a rate of three per day across South Africa. Most of these magnificent mega herbivores are being shot at night but many are darted using the drug M99 which only immobilizes the rhino. When the rhino is subdued the horn is removed with an axe; this occurs while the rhino is fully aware of what is happening and suffering horrendous pain and terror! Sometimes a rhino survives the drug and facial attack to regain muscle control just long enough to die a slow agonizing death by bleeding out through the face and sinus passages; we must stop this brutal wildlife crime! Please watch the video story of Geza below; it will break your heart (not suitable for young children). We must work together to stop the slaughter of all endangered species. Please help us by engaging your ‘time, treasure, or talents, in one or more of our projects.
The key initiatives of Rhino Mercy are:
Encourage support for preservation strategies such as anti-poaching unit training, support, and technology applications.
Encourage basic education, academic research, and experiential opportunities into the bush.
Encourage research on environmental leadership, best stewardship practices, and the mitigation of human/wildlife conflict.